Want to experience Windows 7 on a tablet without actually buying one? If you’re in the market for a secondary monitor, you could hit two birds throwing just one stone with the Mimo Magic Touch, a USB monitor that you can use like a Windows-powered touchscreen slate.
Over the last couple years, Mimo has built a solid rep with its ever-growing line of USB-connected displays. This one takes it to a new level, though, integrating a multi-touch capacitive touchscreen that you can remove from its dock for pretending you just installed Windows 7 on a generic tablet you picked up from Chinatown. Just make sure to hide the cable from your coworkers (yep, it only works when tethered — no wireless option).
The Mimo Magic Touch is a 10.1-inch secondary monitor with 1024 x 600 resolution and a 300:1 contrast ratio. When slotted into the base dock, the display measures 10.4 x 8.3 x 5.8 inches, which shouldn’t take up too much space from your gadget-ridden desk. The dock is fully adjustable, allowing you to position it for ideal viewing.
It can be used as a second display panel for all Windows and Mac systems, although the multi-touch talents are only guaranteed for use with Windows 7 computers. As with other Mimo monitors, this one doesn’t require an additional power source beyond the USB connection.
Priced at $299.99, the Mimo Magic Touch makes for a slightly pricey secondary monitor option. If you got the cash to spare, though, that “tethered tablet” functionality could prove useful.